Stanley Cup Playoffs

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, bottom center, is helped off the ice during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 07, 2019 - 9:06 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Captain Joe Pavelski was getting staples put into his bloody head when the San Jose Sharks staged an epic comeback in Game 7 of the opening round against Vegas. Now that the Sharks have been forced into another ultimate game after missing a chance to eliminate Colorado in an...
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Boston Bruins' David Krejci, of the Czech Republic, celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 6, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
May 07, 2019 - 4:11 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Boston Bruins got some timely goals in their tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with Columbus, and when the goals weren't coming, Tuukka Rask stood tall. The Finn turned in his best playoff performance so far in Monday night's 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 6...
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Newly named Edmonton Oilers NHL hockey team general manager Ken Holland gestures while speaking at a press conference in Edmonton, Alberta on Tuesday May 7, 2019. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 07, 2019 - 10:41 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers hired longtime Detroit Red Wings executive Ken Holland as their new general manager and president of hockey operations Tuesday. Holland takes over the struggling team from interim GM Keith Gretzky and one of his first tasks will be finding a new coach...
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St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) celebrates with Alex Pietrangelo (27), Ryan O'Reilly (90), David Perron, center rear, and Sammy Blais (9), following the team's 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series in Dallas, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
May 06, 2019 - 11:36 pm
The Blues and Stars are set for Game 7 in a second-round series again, three years after St. Louis dominated a winner-take-all matchup in Dallas for a spot in the Western Conference finals. Deja vu or ancient history? Maybe a little of both for Alex Pietrangelo and company, who won 6-1 after going...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman talks to the media before a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Los Angeles Kings, in Raleigh, N.C. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the potential that the seventh- and eighth-seeded teams meet in each conference final. This is the world Commissioner Gary Bettman envisioned when the NHL instituted a salary cap in 2005 after a year-long lockout. Bettman prefers to call it “competitive balance,” and it’s the thing he trumpets the most about the state of the league where almost anyone can win the Stanley Cup in a given season. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)
May 05, 2019 - 11:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a P-word on players' and coaches lips this playoffs, and it has nothing to do with getting pucks in deep. "Parity in the league, it's insanely tight," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the...
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Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) blocks a shot by St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist (70), of Sweden, during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series Friday, May 3, 2019, in St. Louis. Also defending for the Stars is Jason Dickinson (16). The Stars won 2-1 and lead the series 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
May 04, 2019 - 3:23 pm
The St. Louis Blues have been playing desperate hockey all of 2019 — since being in last place at the start of January and making an incredible comeback to make the playoffs. Now they are trailing in the postseason for the first time, down 3-2 in their second-round series against the Dallas Stars,...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86), of Finland, Sebastian Aho (20), also of Finland, and Jordan Staal (11) celebrate Aho's goal against the New York Islanders during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 03, 2019 - 11:58 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The formerly last-place Carolina Hurricanes stormed back to knock out their division's best team in seven games. Then they swept the second-best team. Maybe it's time to rethink the significance of those Metropolitan Division standings. The Hurricanes advanced to another...
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Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho scores against New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner while Islanders' Scott Mayfield (24) and Casey Cizikas (53) defend with Adam Pelech during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 03, 2019 - 8:24 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz mulled whether to change goaltenders with his team facing elimination before deciding to stick with the reliable Robin Lehner as the starter. By the time he made the switch, the Islanders were down two goals and on their way being swept out...
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San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, left, makes a stick save of a shot by Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon in the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
May 03, 2019 - 12:16 pm
DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon received a text message from a good buddy just before the start of the playoffs. The basic point: Attack and dictate the pace. The speedy Colorado Avalanche forward has taken Sidney Crosby's advice to heart. Credit Crosby with an assist. MacKinnon is humming right now...
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Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour grimaces during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the New York Islanders in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 02, 2019 - 12:48 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs often. When they do, they stick around for a while. This is just their fourth postseason appearance since 2002, but they reached the Eastern Conference final — at least — in each of their last three appearances and are one...
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